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The “upskirts” guy, contrary to the initial BBC report, which had the trial judge ordering the jury to return a “not guilty” verdict—though that paragraph was later hurriedly replaced with the words “The trial continues”—has been sent down for 3 years 9 months: 2 years for downloading child pornography, 3 years concurrent for possessing and downloading child pornography (no, I don't quite understand that either), and just 9 months for taking his own “upskirt” shots of young girls on trains and in Chichester supermarkets.

Clearly what he needed in his life was a hard-hitting Home Office campaign to explain where he'd been going wrong. Something like this, for example:

Do you see what they've done? “Enter!” Cheeky as well as hard-hitting, and they've managed to get a woman's belly and pants on the poster, eh lads! No-one's intelligence is insulted, it's all handled deftly and with good taste, no rape victims could possibly take exception to it, and the essential problematic myth that drunk woman = slapper = consent is confronted head-on and dispelled once and for all. Good work all round.

However, that ad is a work of agitprop genius next to its companion:

Far from challenging any troubling conventional perceptions, this poster's main message, as my esteemed colleague has remarked in astonishment, appears to be that “the bitch might report you”. £500k well spent, there.


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May. 2nd, 2006 12:40 pm (UTC)
It's all slightly undermined by the fact that three times a week we hear that only 5% of rape cases result in a conviction, isn't it?

They might as well write "HA HA HA JUST KIDDING" at the bottom of the posters.
May. 2nd, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC)
Also seems to imply that as long as someone says "yes" it's not rape. So, if a bloke holds a knife to your throat and threatens to kill you if you don't say "yes", then it's okay, whatever he does after is not rape?
May. 2nd, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
You realise the "upskirts guy" link points to your blog, right...?
May. 2nd, 2006 01:20 pm (UTC)
Shite. Fixed now, cheers.
May. 2nd, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
Was his defense lawyer on crack?
May. 2nd, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC)
I actually think these posters are more useful than you might think - given that “the bitch might report you” is probably the only thing you can say to put off the sort of man who would have sex with a woman without consent.
May. 2nd, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I might invest in a pair of those pants...just to be safe.
May. 2nd, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
You might win a night in a bunk bed with a bald man.
May. 2nd, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
Dear God, I mean I might "buy" a pair of those pants...
May. 3rd, 2006 12:34 pm (UTC)
I meant the whole bald man. Not the little one in his trousers.
May. 2nd, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
I think the message of the second poster is "Rape as thou would be rapen by".
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